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Ellen Co Greer 





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_ _ __ _0UR FAMILY - - - - 

There are many Greers both old and young 

Fast and present and some with praises unsung, 

Scattered over many Lands and climes, 

Gentle, kindly people with hearts of gold. 

Tt is a fine old honored name 

From McGregor, in Scotland far away. 

To this America our ancestors came 

Seeking freedom from tyranny and strife-not fame, 
To 'The Promised Land* of peace. 

From Maryland southward they went 
Into lands of peaches, azaleas and sweet magnolias 

On to Texas, ever westward was the cry. 

Frontiers they helped explore and conquer, 

In different states they were. 
Tom and Ellen's kin in Arizona many years 

Their home in sunshine and tears. 
Now there are descendants numerous, 

And a town named "Greer" for Uncle *"H". 

Some from Apache bounty will not roam 
Others far away have made their home. 

It matters not what clime or calling, 
If they but excel in deed and thought 

Striving ever onward and upward, 

To do each day the best they can. 

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May this- little booklet help inspire us all 

To honor, cherish and love our ^ood name, 

This privilege and trust is our noble heritage. 

We wish to acknowledge and give credit and thanks to Mrs. Oasis 
G„ Blassingame, age 85 yrs/(Dear Aunt "A") for her help and 
writings, and to Mts. Bonnie Rees Davidson for her drawings, 
and to Mrs. Nadene Rees Andersen for her typing. 

Kind reader--Turn these paees reverently,, 

Judge slowly. Criticise lightly 

"To err is human, to forgive divine." . . . S. G. H. 

- - -THE VANISHING :C". r BOY - - - 

The cowboy of old, is almost gone and forgotten., 
Some of our Greer s Nat, Dick, Harris, Lacy, Riley, John, 
and Dodd were cowboys and these pases are partly to 
help us go back in memory and not entirely forset 
them» They had a hard life not with all the slamor 
that is pictured now with it's gay attire, ''Howdy, 
Pardner" shows and rodeo 

Open range is almost gone most land is* under fence' this has 
made the old venturesome life a thing of the paste -A maverick or 
a doggie; the calf accidently or on purpose separated from its 
mother is unknown now The stern business of hunting lost cattle 
and horses, finding suitable range, round-ups, and long hard drives 
are paste 

The feed depended almost entirely on the range, and the range 
depends on the rain at the risht time and the weather „ Cowboys 
rode when it was often impossible to get a drink of water. To 
drink muddy water or some found in a dirty hole was not unusual, 
but welcome Oat tie and horses were left to winter as best they 
could on the range . Often they would have pulled through had they 
not been forced to drink in the boggy quick sands of ^he Little 
Colorado River, and washes, being weak many died in the bog each 
year o 

Now pastured, sheltered from storm, wintered in warm climes 
fed and fattened to the nth degree, cattle-men have found that it 
pays better to have a few well-tended, breeded cattle than to 
have a larger number of scrub stocko De-horning was known, now 
it is the common practise., 

The first range cattle in Arizona were Texas Longhorns, very 
hardy, from Mexican cattle. These were replaced by Herfords, 
Short Horns and other breeds of beef cattle., 

It is said, 

"Other states were made and born 
Texas srew from hide and 'horn " 


If cattle helped Texas grow, then 
they helped the Greer cowboys»„ 

cattle helped Arizona grow. 


John Ac or D_o_ Greer born where . . „? Sarah Hunt . . . 

Born 19 Jan. 1761. Born 26 Feb. 1765. 

Died Feb. 1843 Troope Co. Ga. Died 8, Sept. 1835» 
Married 14 Feb. 1783 Edgefield District, So. Carolina, 


Reddiok Greer 

BTTl Dec. 1782 Oa. D» 20 Goto 1802 M. 
Th oma 3 Greer 

Bo 30 Dec. 1784 Hancock Co. Ga„ D. 17 Aug. 18$0 M.Amy Johnson 
Jane Greer 

B. 13 Mar. 1787 Hancock Co. Ga, 
James Alexander Greer 

B. 1 Oct. 1789 Hancock Co. &a„ 

H. Thomas Mangham 
Mo Sarah ^erry 

Mo Thomas Nolan 

M. Malinda? and Mrs. Hillary 


Gilbert Dunlap 

B. 29 Oct. 1792 Hancock Co. Ga. M. Mrs. Ann Lewis Wellborn 
Sarah H. Greer 

B. TO Jan. 1794 Hancock Co. Ga. M„ Abraham Irving 
John Greer 

B. 4 Oct. 1796 Hancock Co. Ga. D. 8 far. 1804 
Hannah Greer 

Bo 13 May 1798 Hancock Co. Ga 
William Do Greer 

B. ? B. Warren Co. Ga. 
Nathaniel Hunt G T eer 

B. 26 0cTT~l802 Jasper Co. Ga. D. 25 June, 1855 M. Ann Terry 
Nancy Reddick Ctntr Roberts 

B7 9 Aug. 1805 Jasper Co Ga c D.Oct. 1878 M (:£)John Sprouse 

{%) Willis Johnson 

Our ancestor John A. or D. Greer, above was a 
Revolutionary Soldier. He had served 4 Years 
prior to his marriage. He left a will and a 
Bible with a record of his children. Who will 
find these parents? I have hunted un-success- 
fully so far. EG.Ro 

"He who careth not whence he came, 
Careth not whither he goes." 

Motto on Greer Coat-of-Arms, "Remember Thy Ancestors." 

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Nathaniel Hunt Greer, in 1854,i 
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Born 26, Oct. 1802, in Jasper Co. o a . ^he Feach State, the 
tenth of eleven children, his parents were John (A. or ^avid) 
Greer and Sarah Hunt. He married Ann Terry Roberts when he was 

about 19 yrso old. They had five children here and he served 
on the Ga. Legislature. Then they moved to Chambers Co. Ala. 
a newly formed county and he was the first sheriff. Here twin 
boys and two more children were born. Also he was in military 
service in the dreek War. He was in Capt. House's Co. Webbs 
Battalion, of Chambers Co. (1836). 

With the desire those early settlers had or some other 
motive we find them on the move again. From a diary written later 
by him son, A. V. Greer: "I was in my fifth year when Father and 
his family left Ala. for m ex. in the early part of 1837. We em- 
barked in a steam-boat in Ala. to New Orleans, at which place we 
stopped for several days. Sailed in the ship Fannin across ^he 
Gulf of Mexico, via Galveston, landed at Yalasco, ^ex. Mar 4, 
my birthday.- Settled in Washington Co. ----Our family con- 
sisted of besides Father, Mother and eisht children, Wm. Hunt, 
John Smith, Mr . Loveless, Leroy Greer and Tom Irvine, the last 
two my cousins also five colored viz, Ned, Jim, Judah, Lucy, and 
Louisa, twenty in all-----Father was away much of the time, he 
was a Senator under Gen. Sam Houston, the first president of the 
Republic of Texas.--- — - 

In 1851- -bargained for a place from Jonathan York. We 

put up log cabins, 3 miles from Yorktown, on the Corpus Clhristi and 
San Antonia Road. Our brother, Parley Wiley, died and was buried 

at this place About 1852 Father and family moved to Milan ~o. 

near Fort Sullivan, also sons-in-law Ed„ W. Fast and S„ M„ John- 
son to where my oldest brother Gil, livedo About this time Oil 

married his second wife, Marian B. Lane — • My twin brother died 

here 8 Feb. IB 54, from pneumonia, contracted while deer-hunting, 
only 22 yrs. old. He was buried not far above saw-mill near the 

edge of the river bottom, a high place Here we first heard 

Mormonism by Elders John Csler and Washington L. Jolly in the 
summer of 1852." Henry O. Boyle was another missionary to them, 
i^hey embraced the unpopular faitho 

The state of Tex. created a county in IB 50, and named it 
Greer county for him, but the general government of the IT. S. 
said that the tract belonged to it, and after years of litigation 
in 1896, the government won and the county, with its name all went 
to Okla. It has now been cut up into three and part of another 
county part still bearing the name Greer Go. Okla. 

In the year, 1855 they were on their wav to Utah, heeding the 
call of conscience and obeying. At the Missouri River the fath- 
er paid 99 head of cattle for tithing. But the father never 
reached his longed-for Utah, he sleeps somewhere in Web. or Wyo. 
in an unknown and unmarked grave. Tn church history, June 
24/25, 1855, 3apt. Seth M. Blair reporting his company says, 
"Col. W. H. Greer, a prominent man in the company, died of 
cholera, Tn the first 36 hours so many died of cholera that 
we buried one person every 3 hrs. T'he cries of the dying and 
shrieks of the living presented horrois unimaginable. Grave 
diggers were busy night and day." Oou.'d the fact that his 

promising 15-year old son had died four days prior, have in- 
fluenced the fathers death That made the fourth of their five 
children to die. Six of Wilmirth ^reer last's children died at 
this time, loosing grandchildren was ashard as loosing their 
own. Cholera acts quickly like poison and is very painful. 

Heart-sick those left came on to Utah, a very severe 
winter came which was new to them and their stock, ^he stock 

froze and starved to death, food or grazing could not be found 


nor purchased for them. 

ThoSo Lacy the next to oldest son, met fill en Camp also 
from 'The South' and it being 'love at first sight' they were 
married in about two months 

The Greers went into business with Blair and Basset and 
Company in a store on the north corner of Main and 1st South. One 
son, Matthew So (Babe) 10 yrs„ old went to school to Parley P. 
Fratt and liked him so well that he named his first son Parley 
Pratt Greer o 

Those and Ellen spent a happy winter as newly-weds attending 
parties, dances and shows always popular with L Do So (Mormon) 

In a newspaper, of the city at that time it was published 
that The Apostate Greers left to return to their homeo I hold old 
letters written from Greers which tell that they believed and lov- 
ed the gospel, but they did not like the cold climate and condition- 
s for their mother, cattle, and livelihoodo Eventually two of the 
sons, Tom and "H" settled in AriZo, Dixon in Utah, and Gil, Steven 
Bill, and Matthew stayed in Texas 

First Greer Reunion at Greer, Arizona, 1951 

Lrst ureer Reunion at i 

Greer Reunion, °T952» atq^eer, Arizona. 

RESOLUTIONS OF RESPE^, to the memory of Sister Willmirth 
Greer East, Daughter of Nathanial H. and Nancy Greer, who after 
an illness of upwards of five years, passed from this sphere to 
the great beyond, March 31st, 1902 o 

Sister East was born in Decalb So, 

Georgia, Nov, 1?, 1824, 
was baptized a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter 

m exas„ 'Married to 
mother of 13 children 

Day Saints July 22, 1854 at Fort Sullivan, 

Edward T .7„ East at the age of fifteen, 
of whom three survive her c 

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On. the early morning of September 11, 1854, while lying in 
bed praying to God for a testimony that would convince some of 
her relatives, the Gift of Tongues rested upon her, she arose, 
walked into the yeard, and commenced speakin^, before she had 
finished talking, which was about fifteen minutes, many of the 
neighbors, as well as relatives had assembled and listened ear- 
erly to the inspired words, as they fell from her lips, which 
she also interpreted- 

In June 185 5 in company with her husband and other emi- 
grants, left her home in Texas for Salt Lake 3ity, where they 
arrived in September of the same year residing there for 22 
years during which time she labored dilligently and faithfully 
in many positions of trust as Relief Society Officer^, 

She accompanied her husband on a mission to ^exas in 1872 
where she bore a stron? testimony of the truth to many who had 
never before heard the Gospelo Moved to Apache Co. Arizona, in 
June 1877 where she held the responsible position of the Stake 
President of Relief Society until 1883 when she with her family 
came to the Gila, here she was also sustained as President of 
the Relief Society of the St. Joseph Stake of ^ion, at its first 
organization in June 1883, where she worked with undaunted energy 
for the cause of truth and r i<?hteousnesSo Ever having in mind 
the welfare of her sister associates, until in the winter of 
1898, she was through physical dissabilities unable to perform 
the duties of Fresident longer. therefore be it resolved that we 
her co- laborers in the great work of love, express our apprec- 
iation of her counsel, her example, and her love of the divine, 
all of which were manifested so prominently in all her labors, 
and which we have enjoyed by our association with her. Resolved 
that we the members of the Relief Society, of the St. Joseph^ 
Stake strive to emulate her noble traits of character, of faith, 
integrety, and charity, and her devotion to her Religion,, 

Resolved that we place a copy of these resolutions on our 
Records, that one be sent to the T " r omens Exponent for publication 
and that one be placed in the hands of the bereaved family,, 

Committee on Resolutions 
Mary L. Ransom 

Sarah "/ebb, 

1902 Pima, Ariz, 

Thomas Lacy Greer 

Ellen C» Greer 

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Thomas Lacy Greer, Catherine Ellen Camp 


Thomas Lacy Greer Catherine Elle n Camp 

Bo 26 Sept. 1826 Decalb. Co Ga. Bo 17 Oct, 183Tl)resden, 
Mo 25 Nov. 1855 Weakley Co. ^enn. 

Do 30 July 1881 Hunt, Apache Co, D„ 15 Nov. 1929 

Arizona. Holbrook Navajo Co„ Ariz 


Nathaniel Wm Greer (Martha E. Phelps 

Bo 23 Dec. 1856 Hill Co» Tex. Do 5 Jan. 1938 M. (Annie Johns 

Gilbert Dunlap 

B„ 20 Jan, 1860( Kimball , Bosque Co.D.22 Jan. 1895 M c Julia S. 

Deseret Diannah 

'Bo 13 Nov. 1861 Kimball .Bosque Co. D 28 July I898 M. Frank P. 

Richard Decatur 

B„ 18 Mar. 186k Kimball, Bosque Co. D U Oct. 1937 M. Hannah 

John Harris 

B. 10 Feb. 1866 Kimball, Bosque Co. D.10 June 1926 M. Orpha E 

Oasis Ann 

Bo 23~TToVo 1867 Kimball, Bosque Co.D.? M. Robto Carr Blassingame 

James William 

BT9 Feb. 1870 Kimbrll, Bosque Co.D. 10 Oct. 1871 infant 


Bo 31 Oct. 1872 Kimball, Bosque Co. D„ 25 Nov. 1904 M. Minerva 


Harriet Kay 

B7~T7~Ka"y 1857 Morgan, Bosque Co. D. No» 1907 M. William Pulsipher 

Ann ^erry (1- Arthur Thomas 

Bo 1 Jan. 1877 Medicine Bow M„ (2. Wallace Rigg 

Barber Co. Kansas (3= John Thomas 

Margare t Ellen 

B7~20 Aug. 1879 Hunt Apache Co Ariz. M. Charles E. Pulsipher 

Thomas taught his children like this . . b y example. 
"My fatherland I were in Eddie Whiting's yard with a load of 
fine apples. We were parked along side some man's wagon, who also 
had a load. While father was inside I just helped myself to an 
apple out of the man's wagon. On the way home I showed Dad this 
apple and remarked what a good looking apple it was. "'Where did 
you get that, Jim?" I told him We turned right around and went 
back'to town, and he gave me a dime, T believe, and he told me to 
go give it to the man and tell him I was sorry, so T did." by Jim. 

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^ By Oasis Blassingame. 

Thomas Lacy Greer, son of Nathaniel Hunt Oreer and Ann Terry 
Roberts was born 2 Sept, 1826, in Decalb, Oo. Ga„ He grew to 
manhood before they came to Utah, when his father, mother bro- 
thers and sisters all came overland to Utah, but while coming, one 
brother died of cholera, and then his father who was buried with 
little to mark his resting place. 

The rest of the family came on but after a hard winter in which 
most of their stock died, due to cold and lack of food which could 
not be purchased, they became discouraged and returned to ^exas, 
their former home. They met the Phelps and Lanes, families com- 
ing to Utah but when told of the cold weather and hardships these 
people returned with them. 

Mother and father were married 25 Nov, 1855, in Salt Lake Oity, 
Utah. They were called to settle on a mission to m exas, they left 
in the spring, I856, with his family. Because they were going, the 
Greer family may have been more inclined to return and vica-versa. 
Father gave Mother a gold watch and chain, for a wedding present, 
that he had obtained, in the city of Old Mexico when he was in 
service in the Mexican War, in which he was shot and wounded, in 
his lung, he carried the bullet to his grave. Mother kept this 
present all her life, but she gave it to me before she died. 

They lived in m exas 20 yrs. The Civil War occurred during 
these years. That must have riven them some worries. Of their 
twelve children, ten were born in m exas, then Ann Terry, in Kan- 
sas and the baby, Margaret, in Arizona 


Dixon Ho, brother of Thos. Lacy came to m exas on a mission, 
they visited around and baptized several people among them the 
three children, Richard Do, John Harris, and Oasis, who were 
baptized by their Uncle Dixon. 

Not long after that the Oreers prepared to sell out and go 
to Utah, but before they left the mother of Ellen ^amp Oreer died 
and was buried near or in Kimball, Texas. They left in '76 with 
their cattle and horses going north into Kansas, where they had to 
stay over the winter Here they built log cabins to live in and 
they cut hay for their stocko 

An incident there was a hired man stole their money. It was 
hidden in a trunk under the bed in the wagon... The baby was asleep 
on the bed, the rest were up at the new rooms where there was a 
fire--they heard the baby cry and when they reached her the covers 
were thrown up over her either to stifle her crying or by accident 
and the money was gone. He took a horse and saddle also, ^hey 
were glad to find Hay, the baby, alive. They had to send back to 
Texas for more money. 

In the spring they left traveling slowly, via Elnora, Oolo. 
Albunueriue, Hew Mex, into Ariz. Another hired man stole Oil's 
new saddle and a horse and disappeared, one happened in the first 
part of the winter and the other in the latter part, but both in 


When they arrived at Woodruff, Ariz, they found the people 
very friendly and they begged them to stay ana being travel-weary 
and the season getting late, Sept. 1, they were persuaded to stay. 
The people fixed a blacksmith shop for them and they bepan to 

build log rooms. It was Father's birthday the next day, Mrs. 
Oardon made him a vinegar pie, a variety new to us. 

The new rooms with fireplaces in both rooms were soon finish- 
ed and we lived there until spring. By then my father had pur- 
chased the French TRanch, from Leon Duboise for ^350„00 that we 
had seen along the way, where there was lots of good grass and 
fine cattle. It became Career's ^anch from then on. 

They sent their son, 12 year old ^ick who had been down with 
rheumatism a year or more and had learned to do housework, and 
'Nigger Jeff who had come with them from '"exas and who was clean 
and handy around the house, up to the new place to make butter. 
Grass was good, cows were fresh with little new calves, they made 
so much butter that it took TI other three mornings to mold it into 
five pound lots and wrap it to sell at Albuquerque, but a sudden 
trip to St. Johns came up and it was sold there for 50tf per pound. 

Two cedar-picket rooms were quickly built and adobes started 
for the two big permanent rooms with fireplaces. Later two more 
rooms were added. 

Thos„ L Greer was appointed by Gov. -John C. Freemont, his 
former friend in the Texas War, to be the Treasurer of the newly 
made Apache Co. a part of Yavapia Co. Bishop John Hunt of Snow- 
flake who became Co. Assessor, I think, became a great friend of 
fathers. Wm. Flake, of Snowflake, also, was a very good friend. 
Either he or his father had been a missionary in m enn. to T'o- 
ther' s folks. I think he was still Treasurer when he took sick 
with erysipelas which may have resulted from his bullet wound. 
If we could have had the right kind of medical aid^ for^him he^ 

might have lived with us a few more years to help our dear Mother 
who was doing the best she could with her fast growing family In 
the new country. 

He was a kind, considerate father, wise in his counsel, 
patient, considerate and he tried to treat everyone as they wish- 
ed to be treatedo He hated to have anyone tell him a falsehood, 
and it was I who got a paddling once for telling him one. He ask- 
ed me if T had matches in my hands and T told him "No." when I did 
have. My Mother and Harris were very pleased, once when he came 
from town (in Texas) and T went up to him where he was sit tine at 
his desk writing and figuring. I asked for my candy which he had 
been in the habit of bringing me „ He said, "Don't bother me, I'm 
busy. T forgot it." I was about 6 yrs. old. T said to him, "You 
old pup, youJ" He swung his arm and slapped me and by the time T 
picked myself up from the other side of the room I realized it was 
not the right thing to say. 

During his illness he talked to me about wearing jewelry 
which he liked but he did not want me to get my ears piercedo He 
said heathens of Africa did thato And he said not to be back- 
ward and wlk out of a room when young men came in but stay and act 
like a lady. 

When they were driving the cattle and the horses coming to 
Utah (Ariz.) in 1776-7 the boys would practise roping on the cattle 
partly for more ability and much for amusement. Cur father did not 
like the stock roped needlessly, so he chided them. One day Hat 
threw his rope on "Old Creep" a cow that always lasged behind and 
in some way they broke her leg and had to kill her. She was very 

fat and they sold most of the meat, the children refused to eat 
any of the meat as they liked her and wept about her being killed. 
This happened between Trinadad and Elmora, Colo. 

My father was a like-long example to his children. m hey never 
could forget his influence. He was a firm man and commanded res- 
pect from all, yet he was an indulgent father when he thought it 
was for the best and he left a good name for his children to emul- 
ate. He was a pioneer who helped open up three frontiers, Georgia, 

Texas, and Arizona. 



Dick Greer said of his father, "He was a man among men. 
As a man he compared with Brigham Young and Abraham Lincoln. 
My father filled the room like fresh air when he entered it." 

Ellen C. Greer always spoke of her husband as "Mr. Greer" 
not "Tom". 

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Judge Geo. H. Crosby Jr. said: "The Greer s were and are real 
people the kind that make nations great and become real sinews of 
the best governments — republics. m hey had honor, learning, cul- 
ture patrotism and hearts warm with friendship. May the young 
make family traditions good. 

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Thos. L. Greer instilled honesty and integrity into his 
children, he imbued them with the knowledge of good right and 
wrong. * * * * 

A tribute by a negro slave, written in a pocket note-book 
owned by Nathaniel Hunt Greer and later by his son, Thomas L. 
"Mass' Tom, de Lord ob heben bless him. And in dying may he 
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Appraise l of Estat e of ^hos . Lacy Greer Nov. 14, l«?l 

"Tat time of death! 
He left no will. 

Estimate by appraisers. 

300 calves P$5.00 $1,500.00 

350 cows "*$15.00 5,250.00 

100 yearlings <^$10.p0 1,000.00 

75 colts $10.00 750oOO 

75 mares $25.00 1,875.00 

25 horses over2$30.00 750.00 

50 yearly colts $15.00 750.00 

1 old was;on ^15.00 15.00 

1 old buggy $15.00 15.00 

1 old plow 5<>00 

The Greer Ranch 1,000.00 

The Horsehead Ranch 150.00 
Debts collectable due estate 2,000.00 


By E. W. East 
D. K. Udall 

Ellen 0. Greer is administratrix. 

Estate evaluation in same year: $17,529.78 

due to increase in stock. 

Children at time of death 

Nat 24 years Oasis A. 13 years 

Gilbert D. 21 years Lacy 8 years 

Deseret D. 19 years Harriet Fay 6years 

Richard D. 17 years Ann T 4 years 

John Harris 15 years Margaret E. 2 years. 

Debts to Lot Smith $40.00 

All probate notices were printed in Arizone Democrat, 
Prescott starting Aug. 21, 1881. Ellen C. Luther 
Martin and D. K. Udall were surieties for Ellen's 
$5,000.00 bond, made as administratrix. 

The wealth of the estate interpreted at today's prices 
would be ten times its evaluation then. 

Mrs. Ann Thomas of Mesa has a tax receipt of her mothers 
for one years taxes. It is for f 1,700.00. 

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Harriet Diannah Dixon Hamblin Mrs. Grace G. Nuttall 
Camp Greer Greer J „ o A , *. , , . . 

Americus Vespucius 
Uncle "H" Greer 

Thomas L. Greer 

Stephen Decatur 

Uncle "Kate" in 


"mww0' m 

Polly Lane Greer 
Wife of Uncle "H" 

Matthew S. Greer 

Texas Relatives 


Born 16 Apr. 1834, in Chambers County, Ala. moved when small 
to Wash. Co. Tex. He was a student and loved to read and get a 
good education. In 1855 his fathers family came to "Zion", the 
father, Nathaniel H. Greer, dying crossing the plains. 

Dixon did not return with the family to m exas in 1856. He 
remained in Utah, married Mary Vernisia Sprouse and they were on 
their way to Texas when she gave birth to a premature baby and both 
died in Denver, Colorado. He returned to Utah with his son, Nat- 
haniel, married Mrs. Harriet Dianah Camp Murphy in 1864 who had a 
little girl ?. 

Lived in Salt Lake and Frovo and then Wallsburg, Utah, where 
he took up a 40-acre farm and bought a lot in town where he built 
a home and lived until 1900. He kept a small store 10 or 15 yrs. 
He also taught school for a number of years. 

They had 11 children, 6 of whom died before their parents. He 
died, age 84 yrs. and she died 14 July 1908, age 66 yrs. He lived 
a useful, good life and was a kind and loving father. T'hey often 
drove to S. L. C, Provo and Heber for conferences, big events 
and occasions of interest. 

His children, "Stev." a merchant of Wallsburg, "Dixon" Ezra 
and Alice of California and Mrs. Grace NuttaE of Provo survive 
him and 36 grandchildren— 92 great grand children— and 121 
great great grand children. 

(Letter from Uncle "H" while a soldier in Civil War.) 

Camp Shesesk, Aug„ 24thl862 
Dear Brother, 

I write you a few lines to let you know that T am well and hope 
this may find you and friends well. Yours of August 2nd came to 
hand by yesterday's mail. I was glad to hear that all was well. 

The health of the boys is improving. Kit and Frank are still at 
Singleton's and I have not heard from them for the last ten days. 
Frank was to have been here yesterday but did not come. T suppose 
they are still on the mend. Mr. Henderson of our company passed 
here yesterday on his way to Hill and Bosque to procure clothing 
for the Company. I did not see him as T was on duty at the mag- 
azine. T shall need some clothing for winter which T want sent by 
him. I left one pair of pants that would help me some. T would 
like to have one or two good over-shirts, if you can get any jeans 
T would like to have a pair of pants. Tf anyone sends me anything 
by Mr. Henderson have it marked so T shall know it. Mr. Henderson 
left the Regiment 7 miles this side of Red River. He informed us 
of the death of James Hill and that M. A. Fuller and James ^lair 
were left on the road sick. T suppose Henderson will call on you 
and he can tell you more than T can write. 

You say you wish to know whether 1 want my horse sold or not. Tf 
you can get a good mare for him I think it would be best. When T 
say a good mare, T do not mean a Spanish Pony. T want you to take 
care of what little I left, and if I should never return, T give it 
to you. Not that T think any more of you then the rest but it is so 
little that it would not be wortb dividing, and I do not think that 
you have had an equal show with the rest. 

T want you to be kind and good to your mother and give heed to the 
council of your superiors in age and experience. Go to school when 
you can and try to learn and make good use of your time when about 
home. And, to use the figure of the Poet, so live in Youth that you 
will blush not in age. 

There are three of our Company that I can't account for, viz 77m. Cope 
Wm. Sanders and 77m. Hamilton. I think they have laid themselves 
liable. I think we will get off from this place by the 15th of 
Sept. if things go on like they are working now. However, I hope 
and believe that there will be a change before long. T hear a 
great many saying that the war cannot last longer than Spring. 
This is a lonesome place to me, as there are but few men mere. 
All the men that did not live over a hundred miles had the pri- 
vilege of being furloughed. 

I must bring this to a close, as T am on duty today and T haven't 
anything good to write. Give my love and best wishes to all. 

Yours af'ty., H. Greer Company H. 
P. So Matthew Greer:— T o M. S. Greer, Kimball Bosque 

^ Co. ^exas 

Babe, take good care of Medley and Millard Fillmore. H. Greer 

°</f~<sSV /^t. 

d -ru^a/d^ 


Ellen C. 

Dodd, Paul, Lloyd 
Vaughn . 

- - - CUR GRATO^'C^^R - - - 
Ellen Camp Greer (Catherine Ellen Samp) as a child, passed 
through the mob violence in Nauvoo, the fright, terror and dangers 
with the early Saints forced to leave their beloved homes and 
flee, '"he City Beautiful, the preparations for a long (destin- 
ation unknown) journey, then a trek of almost endless miles over 
plains and mountains, arriving a young lady in a budding city, 
Salt Lake City, She married Thomas Lacy rvreer, a Texan, and went 
back with him to his much unknown, big s open country on a mission, 
called as so many Saints were to settle new placeso ^ere they 
stayed twenty years. Ten children were born to them there, then 
back home to Utah they started but Arizona, with sociable people 
and the sight of a promising cattle ranch captured their travel- 
weary hearts and held them in Ariz. Tt was new, just becoming 
settled, pioneers they, but they loved it„ Tt was not all hard, 
they had money enough to get a good ranch, and they had bought a 
good start of cattle and horses. Her kind and loving husband and 
strong, helpful, capable, growing sons and daughters lightened 
her loado 

They lived near and in the dangers of The Apache War and 
maurading warriors and darinp desperadoes common in new countries., 
She may have even had these in her home as it was the oasis, in 
Apache COo for travelers there. Desperadoes, to her, would have 
been misguided boys or men away from home and mother „ She would 
have fed and cared for them just as she would have wanted some- 
one to care for her sons had they been away from home. She 
would not have been afraid of a nfffifyfjfc > ^ hose people had been 

trained to know that they coul3 conquer not be conqueredo Early 
she was left a widow with ten, of her twelve children living. 
For forty-eight years she faced life bravely, hopefully, and re- 
sourcefully. She was a woman of dignified bearing, energetic and 
forceful with an artistic touch as all who entered her home will 
testify,, She will long be remembered for her hospitality and 
sympathy o 

Born in Tenn. 17 Nov. 1837, the tenth child of Williams 
Washington 3amp and Diannah Oreer, they always said that she was 
their 'tithing child' and she felt this so strongly that she tried 
to dedicate her life to The Lord,, 

".Vhen she was about six yrs. old durine; the trouble in Nauvoo, 
the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum held a meeting in 
her father's house. Ellen had been put to bed but she crept down- 
stairs and hid under the table which was covered with a long table- 
cloth that hid her from view. She remembered this incident well 
because her mother doubted her word when she told her next day 
that she had listened and she proved it by identifying two songs 
that were sung. She never forgot their titles, Cne was ,,rT, he 
Pure Testimony" and the other was "Afflicted Saints of Christ 
Draw Near". One verse was, 

"Should persecution rape and flame, 
Still trust in T'hy gedeemer's name; 
Tn fiery trial thou shalt see 
That as thy day, thy strength shall be." 

Outside the mob came, they were burning houses and persecuting all 

who were favorable to the Mormons. 'Uncle Ike', one of their 

negro men was on guard with a shotgun and he told them if they came 

inside that he would shoot and they were persuaded to leave, with- 
out molesting anyone. 

One time the Prophet put his hand on her head and said that 
she was a nice little red-headed girl. She never forgot this. 
The elders were holding a meeting near their home. m he children 
were amusing themselves jumping off the back of the buggy, she 
fell and broke her nose and they administered to her, which she 
always remembered as it was the first time that she saw anyone 
administer. Her mother was a charter member of ^he "First Relief 
Society. When one of her Mother's children was ill and she was 
very worried because she had lost six children already, so be- 
sides using gvery remedy that she knew, she prayed earnestly. 
An elderly man, a stranger, very clean, came to her home, she 
placed food for him to eat, he bowed his head and blessed it. He 
told her to use certain herbs and applications for the ailing child. 
Next morning the old nepro came in and seeing the child standing 
by the fireplace, in terror he exclaimed, "Oh, Missesjcome quick, 
and see little David's ghost." The child recovered, the old man 
was never seen nor heard of after he left the door„ It was always 
thought that he was one of the three Nephites. 

She went through the Nauvoo ^emple, to see it and heard 
boasts that it would be destroyed as soon as the Saints left. 
Her brother, William Polk Camp, next to her, 2 yrs„ old, died 
and is buried in Nauvoo. 

Her father arrived in Nauvoo in Aug. He planted turnip 
seeds, (under criticism because of the late season) and covered 
them with straw. They had greens, then matured turnips to feed 

the family and neighbors all winter . Wild nuts were gathered to 
add to the food supply. Before the eventful trek, across the 
plains, maple syrup and sugar were prepared and a 30-gal„ barrel 
of crackers was baked on a slab by the campfireo 

When living at Greer's Ranch years and years later, to get 
to church, she drove a team, taking her children each Sun. and 
usually arrived earlier than the people a block away. 

Cn Easter she always hid lots of eggs around the yard and she 
would appear at church with a basket of colored eggs, for all the 
children,, The money from selling her stock (a neat suml was plac- 
in a store as capital stock to provide for her later lifetime. Un- 
fortunately much of this was lost. When she prayed and that was 
often, it seemed like she was talking to a person right there 
by her. She invited anyone who was at her home at prayer time, 
to kneel and join with her, many not used to praying knelt there. 

Although she lived ninety-two years she grew old gracefully 
maintaining to the end her alertness of mind and body and her 
cheerfulness of spirit and her strong testimony and great love of 
the gospel. * * * 

This story is so like Ellen that I must tell it, though it was 
really her aunt in Civil-War days. Many stories could be told of 
her devotion to duty and of her courage. Once as she came into town 
from her country home, for protection^with her four-horse team and 
wagon loaded with things she valued most including her children. 
She was mounted in the front seat with her negro foreman, Peter as 
driver. Cn reaching a river she found the bridge guarded by a squad 
of enemy soldiers who gave the order to "Halt" and Feter pulled 
his team to a stand-sill. Without appearing to see the soldiers, 
his mistress calmly commanded, "Drive on, Peter", and when the mus- 
kets aimed straight at his head and the soldiers repeated the order 
to halt, again he stopped. The second time the voice serene and un- 
troubled admonished "Drive on Peter," "Lordy, ole Misses dem mens 
will kill us if T do." remonstrated Peter. To relieve his fears 
she grasped the lines and rising to her full height she plied the 
lines with such vigor in one mighty whack that the mules broke into 
a mad gallop charging the enemy with such effect that their pre- 
cipitate flight opened the way and ole "Misses" with her treasures 
drove triumphantly on their way. 


Oasis Harris Ann Nat 

Dick Mother Margaret 

Disk Ann 
Nat Orpha Ellen C. Greer Harris Han Oasis 

Fred A. Rees Vivian Thomas Lacy Thomas 

Careers Ranche at Hunt, Arizona, 

^^ vS>Wi^ Greer Reunion, 1952, at Greer, Arizona. 

Joe Woods 

Nat Greer Frank P» Drew 

Nat Greer 

NAT - - - 

Nat Greer was asked to stay at Pres. David 
Ko Udall's house and he did, as a protection dur- 
ing the pologamy persecutions, trials and troubles. 

* * * * 

Discussing the Greer boys, in early days, Bro< 
Charley Riggs of Concho, was there and 
Greer boys were like everyone else and 

then all our troubles would be over." Mr. Riee;s said, "Fissions, 
missions, go on missions, do you think what might happen to us if 
they went on missions,, Who would we have to fight for us?. 

someone said, "Now if the 
they would go on missions- 

Apache Co 

* * 

Sto Johns Heraldo Oct. 7, 1886. 


COo Again To The Front in Cowboy tournament in-Al- 
Nat Greer victor „ The first trial was to catch, throw 
saddle and ride a bronco which Nat succeeded in 6 minutes 

and 32 seconds, taking First Prize . Wo B„ Bar bee second prize 

in 8 minuteSo 

2ndo Feat was to catch and tie a wild steer. 

honors for this also accomplishing this in 1 

our boys to do this twice in succession show 

in their calling., Last year Dick, this year 


got off with 
and 57 sec For 
they are experts 

% ^ 5(t 3f? 

He was 
beat . 

Dodd said, "Nat was one of the greatest riders in the West 
careful and sure and as a bronco buster he had the world 

* * * * 


Uncle Nat 
which could 

told me 
get the 

of a 

got $10,000 and Uncle Nat got $20,000, 

bet he made with John T„ 
money -in the bank first. 

Lesueur as 
Mr. Lesueur 


years ago, 

From Phoenix, on the radio about five or mor'< 
Query: What is the largest horse sale in Arizona: " 

Ans It was a sale between the King Bros, and the Greers, (Nat?) 

Dick, Harris and Lacy. It was about 5000 head gathered from 
Greer's Ranch to Holbrook, where in one mighty drive were ship- 
ped bringing about 55 and $7 and $3 and ^5 then, I believe the 
last figure? Mr, King said that Harris was the only man, except 

one, who could tell which horses 
and where. * * * * 

The Greers were consistent, they did not 
church tomorrow. If they said that they 
on Monday they would pay. 

had been broken and usually when 


DEC 30 

get drunk today and to 
would pay on Monday then 



- - - GI L r - -ChZ, yjfayiJ^y^ASrM/ 

Gilbert Dunlap Greer, son of Catherine Ellen Camp and Thomas L. 
Greer, born Jan 20, I860 lived with the family till they came 
to the Greer Ranch where he worked the first year,, ^hen" work- 
ing about two years as missionary (locally) caring for Co-op 
Herd at the time. They (Mormons) traded cattle to Mexicans for 
Townside of St. Johns (700 head),, Studing with Mexicans to 
learn language, living in various homes, preparing himself for 
missionary to lamanites. Was called home to assist on Ranch at 
the time of his father's illness and death„ 

In company with Alexander Fie on family, his mother and young- 
er children^travelled to St. George, Utah, where he married 
Julia Nicollo Soon returned to St. Johns to make home, act- 
ing as peace maker on many occassions between mexicans and whites 
and Indians and whites, 

Homesteaded and proved upon 160 acres of land in lower St. Johns, 
then known as Egypt. Also had squatter which was divided into 
the 1st St. Johns Townsite colled Salem which was abandoned as 
home— site due to swampy condition. 

Left for mission in Spring of 1886 going to Tsletta and Acoma,N.M. 
later went to Fapago Indians in Southern Arizona, where he stay- 
ed until Aug. 1887. Returning to St. Johns where he w^s called 
as Bishop to Luna. Fall of 1889- He labored there until his 
de^th in 1895» The wife was left there with six small children, 
a farm wagon, in snow and cold of late January, Had a keen sense 
of humor, a courageous woman who always dealt justly and fairly 
with everyone.He was a man devoted to his religion and loved by 
all. Deseret News speaks of him beloved and able, 7 yrs missions 
record-keeper, modest in manner „ 

Gil. E, oldest son of Gil. D, was 11 years old at time of father's 
death, was a lawyer, Co. Attorney in Apache 3o. , Co„ School Supt. 
service in 1st World War. Drilled for oil near St. Johns, Ariz, 
owned a mine in central part of Ariz. Favorite occupation, ranch- 

Gil- E. Greer, Jr. raised St. Johns and Fhoenix--3 yrs. in U. S. 
Army Air dorp, as pilot on B-24 in U. S. and Guam. Married Ruth 
and had 3 sons, Brian Malcolm, Keith Edward, and David ^homas. 
Res. Phoenix, Motorcycle Sales And Service Business. 

Major Malcolm, son of Gil. E. Greer, born 1924 St. Johns. Service 
in U, S. Army- 17th Armored Infantry Battalion in France. Rec'd 
silver star medal for gallantry. Wounded twice. One month before 
war ended he was killed while attempting to rescue a wounded boy 
who was left behind. 

Gilbert E, Jr. is secretary and treasurer of the Greer's Reunion 
and has been since its beginning. 

- - -fe£ - - 

Gilbert Dunlap Greer, son of Catherine Ellen Camp and Thomas L. 
Greer, born Jan 20, I860 lived with the family till they came 
to the Greer Ranch where he worked the first year„ Then' work- 
ing about two years as missionary (locally) caring for Co-op 
Herd at the time., They (Mormons) traded cattle to Mexicans for 
Townside of St. Johns (700 head) „ Studing with Mexicans to 
learn language, living in various homes, preparing himself for 
missionary to Lamanites. Was called home to assist on Ranch at 
the time of his father's illness and death. 

In company with Alexander Nic^ll family, his mother and young- 
er children ^travelled to St. George, Utah, where he married 
Julia Nicoll. Soon returned to St. Johns to make home, act- 
ing as peace maker on many occassions between mexicans and whites 
and Indians and whites,, 

Homesteaded and proved upon 160 acres of land in lower St. Johns, 
then known as Egypt . Also had squatter which was divided into 
the 1st St. Johns Townsite called Salem which was abandoned as 
home— site due to swampy condition. 

Left for mission in Spring of 1886 going to Tsletta and Acoma,N.M. 
later went to Fapago Indians in Southern Arizona, where he stay- 
ed until Augo 1887. Returning to St. Johns where he wrs called 
as Bishop to Luna. Fall of 1889=. He labored there until his 
death in 1895. The wife was left there with six small children, 
a farm wagon, in snow and cold of late January, Had a keen sense 
of humor, a courageous woman who always dealt justly and fairly 
with everyone.He was a man devoted to his religion and loved .by 
all. Deseret News speaks of him beloved and able, 7 yrs missions 
record-keeper, modest in manner . 

GiUE, oldest son of GilvD, was 11 years old at time of father's 
death 9 was a lawyer, Co. Attorney in Apache Co., Co. School Supt. 
service in 1st World War. Drilled for oil near St. Johns, Ariz, 
owned a mine in central part of Ariz. Favorite occupation, ranch- 

Gil. E. Greer, Jr. raised St. Johns and Fhoenix— 3 yrs. in U. S. 
Army Air Corp, as pilot on B-24 in U. S. and Guam. Married Ruth 
and had 3 sons, Brian Malcolm, Keith Edward, and David Thomas. 
Res. Phoenix, Motorcycle Sales And Service Business. 

Major Malcolm, son of Gil. E. Greer, born 1924 St. Johns. Service 
in U S. Army- 17th Armored Infantry Battalion in France. Rec d 
silver star medal for gallantry. Wounded twice. One month before 
war ended he was killed while attempting to rescue a wounded boy 
who was left behind. 

Gilbert E. Jr. is secretary and treasurer of the Greer's Reunion 
and has been since its beginning. 

- m SISTER D ES5TE - - - 

By Oasis G„ Blassingame 

She was lovely and fair as the rose in the morning, but 
it was not her beauty alone that won me, no, it was the truth 
from her eyes, ever beaming, that made me love her, the Rose of 

Yes, she was all this and more to me, besides being sister 
she was one of the best friends that T ever had. 

She was coaxed away from home when but a child of thirteen 
by an unprincipled, man teacher who dealt her a miserable exist- 
ance for four years. Then through the love and kindness of an 
Uncle Oil she followed her folks to Arizona where she remained 
and was the source of great joy to me as a eleven year girlo 
It was so nice to have a sister to be with me on visits and at 
home and make my dresses and make me more presentable 

She taught school a while at Woodruff and stayed with brother 
Nat and wife, Mattie, then went back to the home-ranch of Oreers 
where we worked and played together and in the summer of 1883 
she met Frank Drew and they were married that fall, Cct„ 1, 1883, 
with two other couples, my brother Richard D„ Greer and Hannah G. 
Kempe and Lizzie Drew and Francis Armstrong, by John T. Lesuer 
of St„ Johns, Arizona o 

They made their home in Woodruff, Ariz„ for a while then 
took up a ranch on the north side of the Colorado River where they 
ran their cattle. On Feb„ 20 1885 a son was born to them named 
Wm. Frank named after his father and his Uncle Billo ^hey lived 
there until the range became overstocked and they moved to ^onto 
Basin which was a fine country then for stock and they did well 
there. It was hard to get down in as there was only a very steep 

trail, the wagons could not pet down in it. It was called 
"The Basln"o But it was a good home with pood water, good prass 
and a garden that would produce all kinds of vegetables and fruit, 
but school was becoming a problem so Willie had to come out and 
stay with his Grandma Drew at Williams . 

In 1889 I'JSo Drew and sister of her husband (Ella) went to 
Tonto Basin, also Mother and I and my husband, Robert Carr 
Blassingameo We convinced her that it was best for her to come out 
and on Octo 7, 1889 she had another son, he was named Cecil Levi 
and she was staying at our house at the edge of The Petrified 
Forest in Arizona„ Then she went back into that wild country, 
without a doctor nearer thaneighty miles or more, and there 
was an Indian trail, up back of their place that the Indians 
used when on the war-path„ Not many would have been equal to 
it, but she was always good-natured and hopeful, kind and cheerful. 
We could always hear her singing as she came from the upper field 
where she went to hoe the corn when Frank was gone. 

I went home with her in 1891 and stayed until a few days 
before Christmas when my husband came for me. ^he snow was 
already a foot or more deep, it had not stopped snowing for two 
days and it was come out of there then or wait until springe We 
left her there alone and we hated to go as Frank was away hunting 
but she never weakened when we left her and the baby and her 
husband returned in a day or so 

Then on April 17, 1892 another son was born, he was named 
N„ Cecil Drew and they lived there until '95 or '96 when they 
sold out and moved to Mesa, Ariz, where on Nov, 8, 189* another 
son was born 9 he was named Lloyd A, ^hey were living there and 

enjoying life,, One day they were driving, they had a new bugpy 
and a good team and the horses became frightened and ran away. 
She was always afraid to ride in a closed vehicle even though 
she would ride any horse that she could get hersaddle on. Before 
this she had had a saddle made to order for her, it had a man's 
tree and a special horn called a leap-horn, this making three 
horns. It was a side-saddle and the ladies liked it. The smaller 
trees on the regular side-saddles the man called them regular 
horse killers. She asked "Prank if she should jump and he said 
"No." but she did dropping the baby first. She lighted on 
her head and was unconscious for several hours but she came 
out of it and lived a few months. The docter said an absess had 
formed on her lunfs and this caused her death on July 28, 1898. 
She complained of the heat bearing down on her so much. She 
was buried in the Drew lot in Sacramento, Cal. and so ended a 

life so young, only 37 yrs. old, and so full of promise. 

* * * 

Joe Woods and Bert Potter came to Greer's Ranch for their 

health. Their suitcases contained much medicine, (which the 

cowboys threw away and they could not get more on the ranch) and 

the doctor's orders were all disregarded by the cowboys. They 

recovered and Joe sent for his friend Frank Drew and after a 

season Frank had his Mother and sisters, Lizzie and Ella come. 

Lizzie was hired as governess as there wasn't any school near 

for the children. The Drews were just like part of the family, 

from then on. Will and Cecil own and operate F. P. Brew and Sons 
Lumber Store, Mesa, Ariz, started by father 55 years ago a Lloyd 
passed away early. Frank F„ has h sons, Greer, Frank F„ Lloyd A. 
and Cecil who likes ranching and cattle. 

Mesa, Arizona. 

Cecil L. Drew, VTm. Drew, N Baldwin Drew 
Sons of Frank P. and Dessie (Greer) Drew. 

At Worlds Fair San Francisco, Cal 1915 


Ella Drew Clements, Lizzie Drew Armstrong, Wm. Drew and wife Delia 
Oasis Blassingame, Mrs. Drew, Ellen C. Greer, Miss Ellen V. Greer. 




Richard Decatur Greer Hyrum (Hi) Hatch 



- - -DICK - - - 

Dodd said, "Uncle Dick was the most reckless man, 
on and with a horse, he had no fear of anything*, The hor 
those days were far ahead of the broncos, now, fiercer and 
The cowboys today could not even get in the corral with h 

I ever saw 
horses in 
and tougher, 
orses then." 

*^ Oici 


* * * * 

Johns Herald „ May 26 1887 

The T'c^ormick House has been crowded to overflowing with guests 

from all parts of the country. All expressed themselves as more 

than satisfied with the table and accommodations afforded 

Propo "Richard D„ r,reer. 
* * * a 

From Sanford A, Hunt; Dick had to get somewhere 
too hi^-h to cross the stream. He was told that 
done, He backed his horse 50 ft. back from the 

and the water was 
it could not be 
water and made a 

run for it and got through safely. m he 
could not be done did not laugh when he 

umphant . 

* * * * 

CARR G. ? 


who told him that it 
in all wet but tri- 




The Navajoes, many years ago, were mad at ^ick. "hey said he had 
taken some of their horses. They had a name for him. m hey plan- 
ned to 'get him' and he got word of it. He found that they were to 
be at a certain place, at a certain time. He went there, they 
were surprised, he went right up to them, elbowed through them, 
stood around with the, unafraid. They never talked of getting him 


1 * * * 

"If Dick thought anyone was going- 
him he could always think of some 


to put 

his sister 

, says, 
over on 

to try 
way to v 

'out-smart' them. 


FK A H K * E W 

Joe woods 

* * * 

JOHN H. ? 


Judge George H. Crosby in St 

Johns Observer: Dick is in business 

in Holbrook and has always 
both counties. 

been a factor in political matters of 

* * * 

Uy Dad was not a 
usually made it 
he just enjoyed 
hard and impossi 
In his late year 
where he took., a 

fraid to venture? He would try anything 
work. If someone said a thing could not 
showing them that it could. He liked to 
ble things. He was a cowboy, cattle-man 
s to keep himself busy, he owned a shoe 
great delight in mending shoes. Also th 
himself to use a type-writer. T ^e beli 
work. If he were ever idle, 
that his mind was busy worki 
zealous, earnest, energetic, 
alert, clever , ambitious, fea 
:^ lve, cool and calcula 
-^ . - ** thinker and a worker, 

, and 

be done, 

do the 
, financier. 
en he 
eved in 

I am sure 
ng. He was 

rless, posit- 
ting, a 

had c ire urn- 


stances permitted he might have been a great leader. |GRe«R 

A thing unheard of, then and there in St. Johns, was for a 
grown person to go to school at the children's school. He could 
do this and attend school too because he was in town for the winter, 
running his hotel. He went with John W„ Brown, as his teacher and 
in the sane room with his own son, Riley. He started in the fifth 
grade, but ended in the eighth, the highest there. This took 
courage and stamniaj . .EfG R. 

TH LAe/ . . , , ttt 


Gyrus McCleve owned and operated a service station in Holbrook 
years ago. Dick worked for him as an attendant. Oy said, "I 
never saw anyone who could please and get the tourists in as 
good humor as well as he could. He could say things that made 
them remember him and when they returned they wanted to see him 
again. " 

Llfl/*? **** NAT 


Dodd said, " Years ago in St. Johns the Berrys were going 1 to move 
a building and the mexicans refused to let them do it. Dick Oreer 
appeared with his six shooter and told them the house was going 
to be moved and that there was going to be law and order. And 
the house got moved, 

^nf BKMiUy *Jj 


Sanford Hunt said, "Harris was not quick to pick up a maverick. 
Only once do T know of him getting one and then he was months 
before he branded it." 

* * * * 

T.Tay was daughter of Tom and Ellen (my pretty sister, my little 
partner says Casis, md. Wm. Fulsipher) loosing two children, Tna 
and Vivian' with diptheria and croup when so younp, she contract- 
ed sugar diabetes early in life and died in Idaho, only 32 yrs. 
old, mother of Vance, Yathleen, Nina and Donna. 

|Ltt4N»7 * * * * D0DD ? 

There are two living daughters of ^om and Ellen, Mrs. Ann ^homas 
of ^s" Arizona, mother of k sons, and fs. Margaret Pulsipher, 

ther of seven children in Frovo, Utah 'a piano teacher. 


# * * * 





Irwin B. Greer 





Benj. Brown 


John H. 


Mary E, Heap 




Carl A. Law 




Gordon A. Parks 




Edith Thomas 


Thos. L. 


Nellie M. Thomas 






8. "Kate" 

9, Jas. A. 
10. Florence 

11 Irwin B. 

12 Nathan E 

13 Leland C. 
Ik Raymond H. 








Stradling Hall 
Laura J. Paddock 
Geo. E Crosby 
Blanche Hamblin 
Blanche Hamblin 
Alice G. Crosby 

- - - MY FATHER John Harris Greer - - - 

by Jim Greer 

I think that he was one of the finest men T ever knew. As 
a young man I admired him, I don't ihink that T understood him, 
however. Father was a very independent man, T only wish that 
he had expressed his wishes a little more clesrly, 

Mother and Father bore and raised fourteen children* I am 
the ninth of the family,, We lived on a ranch, near Hunt, ^riz,, 
It was known as Greer's Ranch , Many happy days we had there, 
some a little trying, we all worked hard, T would "i V e anything 
in the world if we were living there now, 

T am wondering if we are really aware of the wonderful 
things that our parents do for us? It seems that when we set 
to the age where we could really help them, that we loose sight 
of our responsibility, T know that was true in my case. 

My father told me once that he didn't want me to think that 
he couldn't get along without me, I wish that he had told me 
that he needed me, 

I remember that when he came to California, to visit me, how 
much I enjoyed having him, I wasn't active in the Church then 
and he talked to me about the good things there were in store 
for me, if I would become interested and work in it and what 
a wonderful man the Frophet Joseph Smith was, I will always 
remember and love the counsel that he gave me then. Father was 
a man of his word, his word was his bond. He had many fronds, 
T only hope and pray that T will never do anything to 
mar his good name, I am very grateful to him for 
teaching me to work and not expect something- — = rzj^ 
for nothing. Written by Jim Greer 


John A, or D. Greer 


Hunt Greer 

Wms » Wash. Camp 

Greor Camp 

JS^dl^L* i/iytrcL 


- - - AUNT A'S Story of her life - - - 
y life as I remember it by Oasis Greer Blasingame. 

I was born Nov. 23 in the year 1867 in Bosque Oo. ^exas. 
The earliest T remember was being down by the Brazos 'River in 
a small cabin and another built nearby for the kitchen. Both 
had fireplaces, but not many windows., There was a small opening 
near the fireplace by the light of which Mother sat to sew. 

I would rise early in the AM. , go out in the yard with my 
little brother Willie to hunt the duck eggs which were to be found 
all around the yard. The death of Willie was sad indeed to me. 
Soon after this T was six years old we moved from the little 
cabins to the farm called The Drake Place about 10 miles away. 
There we had a large store house which was partitioned into 
rooms for a dwelling. We attended school about 5 miles away 
in the brush, five of us riding two ponies, Oil, Dessie, Harris, 
Dick and T. The one of us that was ready first could ride behind 
our eldest brother, Gil, who was always punctual. 

One morning Oil and I had gone on ahead. Father brought in 
watermelons in time for the others to eat some, ^hey carried some 
slices to us but their horse jumped the ditch and they fell off 
and the fall made them ill and they lost the melons that they 
carried both in hands and in stomach. They did not like it when 
we laughed at school. Some students here came from a rough class 
of people. Dessie seemed to disagree with them and several fights 

took place. 

The next happening that I remember was when my sister, May, was 
born in 1875. Mother told us we could go to the neighbors and when 
our folks sent for us and Dessie was having such a good_timfiCH^ 

she refused to go so T had to get on Grease (named because he 
looked shiney like he had been greased) alone and he ran away 
with me but the big brothers caught him and rescued me before 
he could reach the bars at home and jump,, 

A very outstanding event was when the L„ D, S, missionaries 
paid us a visit and I was so excited because our Grandma Camp 
came with them and she made her home with us from that time 
until her death in Mar „ 1776,, These missionaries were our 
relatives and they stayed with us some time and baptised Dick, 
Harris, and I. 

The next school was close to our house and was taught by a 
man of Mr . Chas, Rutter, a well educated man, but of low prin- 
ciples because he made love to my sister Dessie only fourteen 
years of age and persuaded her to go away with him though 
bitterly opposed by her folks, they left and were married not far 
away and they went away and we did not see her for four years. 
Then Uncle Bill persuaded her to go to Ariz, with him and some 
others who came to Ariz, to visit . With them was Grandma Greer 
(Ann Terry Roberts), Gil went to meet them, Ann and May and Lacy 
went up (or down) the road from Greer s Ranch to meet them, T 
was bashful and stayed home and I was holding Maggie, the baby, 
and I would not even go out when they came, Dessie ran in and 
greeted us and picked up May who had been the baby when she left 
Ann stood off to the side, rather unnoticed and when she was called 
into the limelight Dessie said, "Well, I do not know her she and 
Maggie were born after T left," We loved Dessie so much and were 
so glad to have her back. After this she stayed and never return- 
ed t fi Tfixays, Her husband was murdered it was thought in revenge. 

There were no children born to them. 

Now going back to when we lived in ^exas, we 

were preparing to move to Utah in 1876, they had been in Texas 
20 years. Grandma Oarnp had just died and was buried in Fimball 
Bosque Co. Texas. 

One day Gil was playing with Lacy and hurt him so he beean 
to have spasms and we were so frirhtened but he soon recovered. 

We left in the early spring of 1876 with our horses, cattle, 
three wagons and buggy with two seats, rather large. '/Ye arrived 
in Barber 0o o Kan. where we wintered our stock and it was here 
that my younger sister, Ann Terry, was born, Jan 1877° ^he people 
were very unfriendly to say the least killing our horses for wolf 
bait. There was a friendly family who came with us. T do not 
remember where we ,T met-up' ? with them but we traveled together. 

We moved on in the early spring making a lone dry drive and the 
cattle were thirsty when we came to the springs called Aqua Fria 
(cold water) in New Mex. The cattle were so thirsty that they 
trampled the water troughs and the owner became angry and drove them 
away. Father talked to the man and tried to make some terms. 
In the meantime Nat and Avery, a hired man, had scouted around and 
found water within 4 miles. They rode up just as father and the 
other man reached camp. When accused of lying, the mexican, said 
he had told no lie and Avery hit him with his six-shooter. m here 
might have been a fight, but Father stopped them. 

And we stayed all night after starting next morning, the 
stock were ahead and the sherrlf and ei^ht men from ^ort Wingate 
overtook us and wanted to take us to the Fort for a trial. While 
Father talked Mother told me to slip out and run on ahead and catch 
the men and tell them about it^L walked' a long like I was picking 

flowers but when I got to the hill and over I disregarded flow- 
ers and ran like sixty and caught the men and they came back,, 
There were prospects for a fight, each man pot behind a tree 
and was ready to shoot. But Father talked to them and finally 
satisfied them with money and we moved on 9 avertin<? trouble and tra- 
gedyC From here on T will summarize it, E/t.H.) 

They located in Ariz« After courtship and marriage to Robert 
Garr Blassingame they lived on ranches, raising cattle,, Oarr was 
appointed battle Inspector at Denver and they Lived there, and in 
Chicago, Her mother visited her there, I believe at the time of a 
Worlds Fair, in 1?93<> 

Ellen C.Greer and Ellen Greer, a young lady teaching school, went 
to the 1915 '.'/or Ids Fair, at San Francisco. Oasis met them there at 
Ella and her sister Lizzie Drew Armstrongs and they had a grand 
time. It was so nice with the Hawaiian entertainment and wonderful 
exhibitions of the worlds progress,, 

In 1908, she helped her mother tend her sister Mays' motherless 
children, in St Johns, Ariz,Her mother, especially in her late years 
asked her to come and live with her and she went a number of times. 
This mode her mother very happy, 

Idaho and Mont, were their homes at times. In Spokane, Wash, she 
learned placer mining and found it thrilling to find the little gold 
nuggets. She still has a necklace using the nuggets that she found 
as pendants, in traded *lzes„ 

Shiived some tine with her sisters Margaret, in Provo and Ann in 
southern Ariz, and is now at Sortman, Mont, beloved by allj*g> 

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The Greer s loved to sing and have music „ m hey sang southern sones. 
A song that they often sang was "I'll T'ake You Home Again, Kathleen, 
Ellen sang all her 12 children and many grandchildren to sleep 
with "Old Uncle Ned." Here is a song that they could sin? and 
make you want to weep. 


I scarce knew that T was a slave 

So kind was young Massa 'to me, 
So gentle, so manly, so brave, 

That T had not a wish to be free 
Massa had gardens and bowers 

And flowers were always in bloor 
He begrudged me my pretty wild flowe^ 

Cora, my pretty quadroon. 

Oh, my pretty quadroon 

My flower that faded too soon 

My hearts like the strings on my banjo, 

All broke for my pretty quadroon., 

Repeat last two lines, 
Farewell to Kentucky's green hills 

Farewell to the little corral 
Where Oora and I often strayed. 

Farewell to Kentucky's green shade 
My sorrow will soon be forgot 

And my heart will find rest in the tomb, 
But my spirit will fly to the spot 

And watch o'er my pretty quadroon, 

- - - Uncle Ned- - - 

There was an old darkie, and his name was Uncle Ned 
And he lived long aw , long ago. He had no hair on the top of his 
In the place where the hair ought to grow, head 

LaTdown the shovel and the hoe, Hang up the fiddle and the bow 
There is no more work for poor Uncld Ned, He's gone where the good 

niggers go. 

His fingers were long as the cane in the brake; 
He had no eyes for to see, And he had no teeth for to ear a hoe 
So he had to let a hoe cake be. 

cake ; 

One cold frosty morning, old Uncle Ned died 
Massa's ?ears they fell like the rain, For he kne^when^Ned^w" 
He'd never see his like again. 

laid on the ground, 

- - gct:tc ii t tc ^ct t tc basin - - 

A trip in Arizona in early days. 
In about 1884 a trip had to be taken by two young married sis- 
ters, and their two babies, but without their husbands, ^he men 
were going another route, the longer way, driving cattle, to green- 
er and fresher range in Tonto Basin in Gila County, Arizona, '"hey 
would meet their husbands there. 

One girl was Deseret "Dezzie", she was called,, She lived in 
Tonto Basino ^he younger sister was Casis called "Acey" or "A", 
She was ?oinp to spend a season with her sister while the men tend- 
ed the cattle and horses there, ""hey started from "Hay ^ollow" 
near the "Milky" in Apache Co., Ariz, 

They were traveling by team and would follow the wagon road. 
It would take them about three days and nights, They weren't wor- 
ried even though they were in Indian territory where the Apaches 
did sometimes frighten and molest people. desperadoes were common 
in Arizona then, but they did not fear them. They had learned' that 
these so called "bad-men" were often the kindest and most gentle 
to real ladies and children. m hey knew much of Geronomo and the 
Apache Kid. Fillings, fights, and Texican trouble, all these they 
were used to having been raised in Texas and Arizona. 

Dezzie had been at Greer's Ranch-Hunt now-visiting her mother 
Ellen Zo Greer who brought her and her baby Frank over to "cey 
to begin the trip. Margaret was with her mother, Ellen, and she 
tells that she remembers that her mother cried much of the way 
going back home alone with her, after leaving Deseret and Casis. 

Tonto Basin was at times called Pumpkin Center and ^ackards, 
It is 1000 ft. elevation, an isolated basin, population now 50. 
It is rich in grazing feed and has pines and walnut trees and is 
some part of a National Forest. Deer, bear, and mountain lion 
are found there. Tonto Creek and Roosevelt lake form the waters, 
and pelicans are plentiful. 

m hey left Hay-Follow going toward Showlow but the road, 
little more than a cow-trail did not lead them into the town. 
After traveling all day, UO to 50 miles, they camped for the 
night. It had""rained and was still raining so they could not 
sleep on the ground conveniently as was the usual custom, ^either 
service stations nor cabins had been heard of then. So they slept 
in their wagon, Rain or storm were minor things in those days, so 
they tried to ignore the rain. 

All the next day they had heavy mud and their travel had to 
be slow, and the steady drizzle of rain was depressing, Acey 
became blue and began to cry. A rainbow oame out and ^ezzie 
said a little verse. 

"Rainbow at night, sailors delight 
Rainbow in the morning, sailors take warning." 
This cheered Acey* Tt was the first time she had heard this 
rhyme and she never forgot it. Ry night they had come to a lonely 
dilapidated, discarded old house, and they decided to po into it 
and get out of the rain and stay there all nipiht. ^ven had it been 
a good home it would not have been locked, Tn Arizona even now 
most isolated places and ranches are left open to invite to wear" 
travelers to stop and accept the hospitality or use of the place 
as though the owner were there and had invited them in. 

m hey gathered sage-brush sticks and wood and made a fire and 
tried to dry out their bedding and when they had the horses and 
babies tended they went to bed. During -the night the rats and 
mice celebrated their coming by running, jumping, scratching and 
chewing around and almost ran over them and before morning they 
vowed no more camping in an old house, no matter how much it rained, 

The third day found them still plodding along. Dezzie dis- 
covered a bear-track following the road goin^ the same direction 
as they were and the tracks were fresh„ (The mud had made travel 
slow and delayed them). She said nothing about it to her gentle, 
timid sister, but around every turn or tree she expected to see 
the bear„ These Oreer girls had learned to shoot and were not af- 
raid to do it, "-/hen my mother first came to the Careers, she mar- 
ried one of them-they begged her to learn to fire their pistols. 
She was reluctant, she hadn't been around sruns and wasn't used 
to them like these cowboys and their sisters were. "hey told 
her the pistol wasn't loaded to get her to fire it; She believed 
them and aimed at one of the mens hats on his head, and shot th- 
rough it. All of them were as frightened as she when that hap- 
pened. Dezzie watched the bear tracks and urfed the tired hor- 
ses on. Tt was getting late and they were getting near "The Rim" 
or top of "^he Basin". Acey had never been there before, so it 
was all new to her. ^hey must make it down before darkness fell 
if possible. So, forcing the team as much as she could, they 
came to "The Rim", """he horses were unhitched as they must be 
ridden down the steep trail, ^he wagons were left on top as there 
was not anv wav to get them down. Acey got out and took'a look 
at the abrupt drop off the mountain down the steep rocky, narrow 
trail. She was terror-stricken and declared she could not and 
would not go down there. "A" said, "You can go down there if 
you want and break your neck, but T won't go." 

Dezzie proceeded calmly to get the horses and babies and 
bundles readv. Then she mounted her horse with her baby in front 
of her and started down. Acey cried and had to do something. 
She was afraid to stay there alone. She decided to walk and lead 
her horse. So carrying her baby, Ellen, she started to walk. As 
she and the horse started down the trail, they loosened rocks 
which fell noislv, rumbling down far below, making ghostly, weird 

noises which frightened her more and more. She cried and said 
she couldn't see her steps and the baby started to cry also and 
became go heavy she thought best to give up and set on the horse. 
m hen her sister took both babies, one in front of her and one 
behind her, and down they went^ Dezzie tried to assure and calm 
Acey as much as possible. Acey was almost holding her breath 
and not daring to relax a muscle One mis-step of a horse and 
over the ledge, horse and rider would go, down and down, but the 
horses are trusty animals, seldom fail their masters. Acey expect- 
ed every moment to fall right over her horses head. Dezzie sang 
loudly, by now hoping to cheer them both, and gayly because she 
was almost home and safe again, ^hey reached the bottom where 
there was a stream. Carf Acey's husband had heard the horses and 
the singing and had come to meet them. He waded right through the 
water, grasped his almost fainting wife in his arms, "Babe"' as he 
always called her and carried her to safety. m he trip was over and 
all was well. 

•Note: Ellen Co 'Creer, brave, fearless soul that she ever was, rode 
down this fearful trail on her faithful horse, "Old Charley", She 
scolded and talked to him all the way down, she was so nervous. And 
she started to walk a^o, and rode only when she was forced to Tt 
must have been pretty d when it frightened her. 
(The above was all tolc to me by Oasis herself,, 

^hey stayed as long as they could in the fall, and then ^arr 
had to be in attendance at a meeting in St. Johns and a heavy snow 
storm started and they knew that they mast get out of there at 
once or it would be too late until spring. Carr rode up and down 
the trail, mashed the snow down so they could ride up and out. 
With it still snowing they started, Carr in *ead to 'break trail' 
and Acey and their child, Ellen, behind her on her horse. m hey 
lost much time as the snow was shoulder high on the horses. The 
trail became so steep that Ellen slipped off and was almost cover- 
ed with the snow. He laughed because she looked so funny and she 
became angry because they laughed at her. He consoled her and put 
her back on the horse and told her not to cry. 

Arriving on top thev transferred to the wagon, it was still 
snowing and no road visible. Acey drove the team and Carr on 
horse back, going in front, back and forth to make it easier for the 
horses. Before night fell they saw that they would not make it 
to the desired ranch, the slow way they were going so they aban- 
doned the wagon and went on horseback. Tt was impossible for ,arr 
to follow the road when he could not see the blazes on the trees, 
but they came to the fence and followed that at the last, to the 
house. ' m he house was unlocked, open to anyone who might be out 
in that countrv at that time, and a custom in those days. here 
was a big fireplace and plenty of wood and they soon had a good 
fire Then Carr took the horses to the barn where two bright 
lights greeted him when he opened the door and gave him a seconds' 
scare and it being a big lonesome cat, left behind, it was soon 
rubbing his legs happily. Luckily there was plenty of hay for 

which they were thankful., 

They had the lunch Dezzie had fixed, it being too cold to 
eat it before, so they spent a fairlv comfortable night. Fext 
morning early Carr took the team back to get the wagon A -cey 
kept watching for him and while at the door looking she hai 
quite a sight when she saw some wild turkeys peine towards the 
barn and farther on the team and wagon coming and Oarr slipping 
up on the turkeys to get a shot at them. Soon she saw one go down 
and he waded, in the deep snow and dug it out and drove up to the 
house. They cooked some on the fireplace, and hung the rest out 
and it was quickly frozen stiff. Carr rode out a few miles and 
broke trail for an early start next morning 

It got colder, they left the thick timber and the snow became 
less deep and they made better time and were very glad but it was 
still so cold that Bhe could not keep her hands warm enough driv- 
ing so they stopped and made camp fairly early. With the team he 
pulled down a tree and set it on fire to last all ni^ht. The 
horses would get close enough ^ to the fire to singe and scorch 
them when he was not watching them. Their bed was in the wagon. 
The Lee and Grant horses almost changed color standing in the 
smoke all ni^ht. ^hey made it to a ranch the next night and got 
shelter, and next day to Folbrook where needed supplies were 
obtained then on to their old ranch at ^he qottonwoods for the 
night. Next morning, the day he must be at St. Johns they made 
a real early start. Carr rode on ahead to get to St. Johns in 
time when he saw the heavy drifts in The Filky, knowing one horse 
had a sore shoulder now he returned and helped her through that, 
then he rode on again, and left her to come on at the team s pace. 

After a lonr lonesome day she arrived at Greer's ^anch empty 
then, Sarr had passed and provided wood for a good fire. She pul- 
led in there to spend a lonesome night, ^he snow was so frozen 
and crusted that it cut the horses legs to get out next morning, 
but they were true blue, faithful animals and never faltered. 
'Old Yellow' lacys' horse was there alone and tried to welcome 
them. A bit later this horse got in the granary room, the door 
became closed, he could not get out and so died, ^hen on the 
last lap of this cold, cold journey they started for Concho and 
she was delighted to meet her sister * T ay and her husband, '" T illiam 
Pulsipher, comin^ to meet her„ She said the joyful look on her 
mothers' face as they drove into the yard was only matched by 
the joy in her heart at be ins home acain. 

She brought h^r mother some of the turkey meat for a treat 

to her. 

* * * * 

They Also Came In 77, Settled Round Valley' 

tn-ttL, 6L£t,6M, 

- Ml — r it' . 

Sue Greer Hambliti. Wilmirth Greer Dewilt Petrified Wood at Barths Hotel, 

at St. Johns, Arizona and Pratt. 

Dick Greer 

Elroy, 1*4- Years 
son of 
Pratt Greer 




fen *• »OT 


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Merwyn, Pratt, Robert Mc Cleve 

Vaughn, Lloyd, Paul, Dodd, Carr 
sons of Lacy. 

Ellen C. Greer & Willie 

John H, 

Mary Ellen 


* * * 


A book was almost written about Ellen G. Oreer, born 
in Dresden, Tenn, Nellie Greer Lesch said that Ellen C, 
told her so many things when she was a child that she felt 
impressed to write her life history into a book* ^his was 
almost completed when Nellie (Nancy) passed away, She worked at 
this valiantly, for months and months when she was very ill, but 
she was determined to finish it. Will it be published* 7 T wonder* 7 

Among numerous trips that they made to other states to set 
material, for the book, they went to Dresden, Tenn. and saw the 
house where Ellen 0. lived as a child. ^uote from her letter wr- 
itten Nov. 19/4.7° "The town is larger than T thought, quite active 
rather quaint, many old buildings still standing, situated in a 
hilly, wooded country, the Courthouse where we go for records, a 
tall red brick bids, in the heart of town, business houses all ar- 
ound facing the square. ----Vie were at the cemetery and found 5 
headstones of Clamps, including James Greer Gamp (of the Mormon 
Battalion), it's a lovely cemetery but the Camp stones are thin 
marble slabes full of holes and some are broken. We took pict- 
ures of them and now are looking for the first estate of 95 acres 
the Gamps owned, when they first came here.— — T wonder, Ellen, 
if T could have forseen all the trouble and grief and work T have 
had getting this book ready, would T have gone on, T guess so, 
all T can say, not because it is part of you and me is that it will 
be a sreat book and a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. 
It will be a truly beautiful story of our remarkable ancestors, 
and a book of interest, sorrow, courage, thrills and all that goes 
to make a wonderful life story and all true." unquote 


In 1873, Jose Saavedrs about 21 yrs. old same 
with, his father to what is now St. Johns. With two feet of 
snow it was very cold. They made a dug-out in the side of the 
wash to live in. They came in a two wheeled cart the kind used 
by Spanish people then, pulled by oxen, with heavy straps fas- 
tened to their horns. Later the yoke was invented. 

They came to build a bridge across ^he Little Colorado 
River, to cross the sheep of a rich man, T'r . Luna. m he road from 
Zuni to Fort Apache also crossed the river here then but it was 
boggy and treacherous. Freighters on the road to the Fort were 
hired to bring the logs and poles to build the bridge. There was 
a charge of 250 to cross the bridge. The first house in St. Johns 
was the common kind made in early days, a cedar picket house. 

Cedar posts were tamped into the ground about IP in. side 
by side, others were added acrossthe roof. All were bound by strips 
of raw-hide, the roof was covered with brush, tramped and packed, a 
foot of dirt added, sides and cracks filled with mud and a fire- 
place built. Not a nail, brick or piece of sawed wood in it.An axe 
was the only tool needed. 

In about 1876, Solomon and Morris Barth came , located a ranch 
where the town now stands. There were settlers in Spr ingerville 
before St. Johns, they brought potatoes down to Barths who had new- 

er seen a potato. 

Ammon M. Tenny a missionary to the Indians was authorized to 

purchase the site for the town, inl879,for 770 cows and ^2000.00 

worth of other goods for 1200 acres of land.. Jim Shreeve. 


Can a piano talk? This big, black grandpiano talked. It 
said, "Buy me,'' to Ellen C, Greer, in Albuquerque, New Mexico 
when she was choosing pianos in 1883 and she bought it for^500. 
Then it was orated and shipped, by tr^in, to Holbrook, Ariz. TT ere 
it was loaded on a freight wagon and with four horses pullinp it 
was taken about fifty miles to a ranch between Holbrook and St. 
Johns, where there was to be a big wedding. 

For months previous that sewing machines had been humming, sew- 
ing the lovely satin and silk, the nunsveiling, lace, ribbon and em- 
broidery into mystic wedding dresses for thEee dreamy brides, Lizzie 
Drew, Hannah Kempe and Dessie Oreer who were to be married to ^ran- 
ees Armstrong, Dick O-reer and Frank Drew respectively on. Oct. 3,1°°° 

Of course there must be music and a piano and a wedding march! 
So she had to buy the piano, all their supplies came from Albuquer- 
que. The wedding march was played by a music teacher, Mrs. T 'arraret 
Baird, Fllen's sister and Aunt of two of the weddinp party. Tt was 
Mendelssohn's 7/edding March and there were brides-maids and best- 
men and lots of food that had been in preparation for days,, 

The man to perform the ceremonies was Mr. John T. lesueur, who 
came about 25 miles, from St. Johns, of course by team and busr-v. 
That or horse-back being the means of travel there in those days. 
Friends came from far and near, there was food enough for all, but 
it was impossible to provide beds for all even by usins another 
house, Aunt Magpie Baird' s, across the flat, where the wedding sup- 
per was to be held. So. the guests had to dance all night, an orch- 
estra had been provided and the hours sped by, in the early morning 
hours carriages, wagons and horsemen were lining the roads, return- 
ing home. 

And was the piano silent? No, there was fun, laughter, music 
and sonp- constantly, Harris with his accordian, Lacy with banjo, 
and later on Ann with guitar and Mapp,ie a mandolin and the girla 
learning to play the piano and become proficient 'piano players' 
as was befitting young ladies in those days. 

It became best for the Mother to move to Concho, about ten 
miles away. Here the piano was the nucleous for the youn^and old, 
to gather around for many years for joy and pleasure. _ Music can 
pat joy in one's step and sunshine in his heart and give relief 
and comfort when in tears. It may take one into another world 
and make a person feel soft and pood, it may put life in the feet 
and make people dance, step and move in rhythm wi*-h other feet 
even keeping time unconsciously together. ! 'artial music P^s 
heart and courage in the weary soldier, strength in his^step when 
he is too heartsick and weary to go on, yes music talks. 

There came a time when the children^were all married and -one 
the mother and the piano moved again, this time to St. Johns, 

about twenty miles this time. But she did. not need it much now. 
Her daughter, Margaret, in Provo, a piano teach, gave lessons. 
It was decided to send it to her. Now it was sixty long miles 
from the railroad, moving-vans were not known there then, the 
cost to ship it was high, it was decided to sell it and send the 
money instead. One hundred dollars was the price asked. 
es purchased it first, then a Mr. Mineer and next it was 
barn or store-house with it's parts scattered about. It 
want to talk then only to say, "Take me out of here, let 
people happy." 

in a 
did not 
me make 

It stayed there a number of years, then Lillian r veer Parks 
found it. Her brother John had it hauled to her home at Sunny 
Slope, near Phoenix, Ariz. Here she had Mr. 'Redwell put it into 
shape again with new strings, new keys and so on. She had thought 
to sell it as an antique, but when she had it in her house she srew 
to love it and could not part with it. She turned her own piano 
in on the repair bill. She thought so much of it that she feared 
to go away and leave it in an unoccupied house. 

Lillian passed away. She had told her sister "Flossie, "If I 
go, Grandma's piano is yours." 

What is in store for this family piano, to continue being 
a prized family heirloom or to be sold to an antique shop or what 

THE CHRISTMAS OF 1882- #£ AUjua^, ^Aay^cL. 

Joe Woods left in the first part of Dec to go to Albuquerque, 
New Mexo for Xmas supplies. As Christmas drew near the older folks 
became concerned and mentioned to the children if Joe did not get 
back Old Santa might not come either, ^hereafter as the children 
aaid their prayers they prayed that Joe would return in time. 

On the 24th a tree was set and decorated with strings of pop- 
corn and decorations from last-years tree and that evening the chil- 
dren prayed more earnestly than ever that Joe would return and next 
morning, what joy, Santa had been there J Toys and presents cover- 
ed the tree and a big box of apples was under the tree. 

"Christmas gift" the older folks shouted to each other, the 
shades were drawn and the candles lighted and the presents distrib- 
uted from the lovely tree. Margaret and Laura each received a lit- 
tle tin wagon with tin horses attached. A string was to be attach- 
ed to it so it could be pulled around. Margaret's was yellow an^ * 
red and Laura's was yellow and blue. All received their presents 
and candy but the apples were undisturbed. 

Later Laura asked Aunt Ellen (and in late life many people cal- 
led her that) if she might have an apple, and her aunt g^ve her one 
and kissed her and told her she could have more as long as they 
lasted. A deep love from the very first existed between these two 
and continued throughout their lives. m his aunt became- an ideal 
for the little girl to emulate. Many times as she watched her aunt 
she wondered if she could become like her. Aa the years passed 
Laura realized more and more the real worth of this sainted lady 
and as her mind broadened, with the years, she thought of her as 
her fairy god-mother who always helped but never chided her through 
their lives so closely connected for fifty years.. by Laura B, Hunt 











"My Mother " „ . , . Hannah Kempe Oreer 

My mother was a small, gentle and quiet lady. Born in Utah in 
1867, she learned early what pioneer life was". Her family, Thristo - 
pher Jo Kempe, moved to Ariz, At 16 she married Richard Decatur 
Greer, "Dick" he was called* Eleven children came at regular in- 
tervals. She was always busy. She could milk cows easily, but 
she seldom rode horses. 

We were living on our Puerco ranch about four or five miles 
from Holbrook, Ariz, One time my father took three of us, with 
him for a "round-up," My sister just younger than T was an excel- 
lent rider as she had ridden since youn?. Little "Pratt was much 
younger than Edna or T but father had trained him early to ride. 
We could help gather the cattle and drive them and help him fairly 
well and it saved him hiring men which he did sometimes. He had to 
make his girls do for boys as two of his sons had died, 

I returned from the weeks round-up driving the chuck-wagon, the 
rest driving the cattle. We could see the ranch a mile or so as we 
approached it. I noticed that there was a cow-hide stretched on the 
fence to dry, As it was very warm weather this was surprising. " r e 
had no refrigeration whatever. "Who would be killing a beef then," 
I wondered? 

During the greetings, unharnessing and unsaddling we kept wonder- 
ing but our questions to mother remained unanswered. She proceed- 
ed to get the meal ready very calmly. We 'washed-up' and she al- 
ways managed to divert our attention from the subject. We sat down 
to eat expecting a nice dish of steaks, but there was not any meat 
served. After the meal we practically landed on her with all four 
feet and said, "Now Mother , what is this all about?" Our whetted 
sixth sense could wait no longer, so she told us. A big two-year 
old steer had come in to drink but he was too warm and drank too 
fast. When he reached the gate he had dropped dead. At this ranch 
we had two wind-mills, ^hey pumped water in*o a pond which had a 
pipe leading into a wooden water-trough, which was just inside the 
outer corral. Water was hard to get. Even wild cattle would foll- 
ow the cow-trails and come in thereto get a drink. After a day the 
cattle would not pass it to come in and drink, ^hey would paw the 
ground and bellow around and go away. Each owner wanted his stock 
to stay on his range. Mother knew that they would go to other 
mills if they did not drink there and then my father would_have to 
go hunt them. There were not any phones there then, she did not 
have a neighbor, not anyone passed by, town was too far away to get 

After another day of pondering what to do she sharpened a butcher- 
knife and decided to cut it up and move it piece by piece, ^er 
sence of economy came to the front and she decided to skin it and 
save the hide worth three or four dollars. The animal was all puff- 
ed up and had a strong odor, but after hours the ordeal was over, 
hence the hide on the fence, ...... .EoOt„R 

ELt-EN £^? ^^y -A-^t^- 

Molly Greer Skousen 
Jennie East 
Wllmirth Greer Dewilt 
Sue Greer Harablin 

Ellen C« Greer 


Ellen G. Rees 

Hanna K. Greer 

Oasis with shawl of E.C.Greer 
Ellen with watch of E.C.Greer 

Ellen. Leona, Nellie or Nancy- 

Dick & Daughters 
Ellen, Dick and Edna 

My Story 

My grandmother, Ellen, often sat in a low rocking chair. 
She was rather a small lady, she would not have fit in a big 
easy chair . When she sat she was writing, reading, sewing 
or embroidering. She did much fine needle-work„ She won 
numberous prizes at state and county fairs for her exquisite 
handiworko In her late years, her right hand became partly 
paralized, but she persisted in sewing even when very difficult 
T never saw her idle. 

She had another chair, a little, low, plain one,, T visited 
her often, as a girl and always chose this chair and placed it 
by her knees. I liked best to hear the letters that she wrote 
and received from her folks in 'The South' , giving data so that 
she could do their temple work. Her heart was filled with a 
great desire to do this, a desire so big end strong that it 
entered my heart and so firmly that it has never left me. That 
came to me at my Grandmother's knees. 

I copied her records and helped her write letters. I went 
on a mission. In Chicago I went to the Genealogical Library. H 
home again, married, seven children, always busy, I persisted 
in going to the Library here, in Salt Lake City. I seemed to 
make little progress in finding my ancestors, became discouraged, 
thought perhaps The Lord wanted me to just take care of my children. 
I prayed earnestly, "Should I give it up or not?" I asked an 
answer, I promised I would do either but I must know.'. 

One day I went to the Library 
circumstances I was led to look in 
in which 
motto on 

Arms, a thing 

As I read the 

It was almost as if 

Light came I read, 

Through a maze of unusual 
two books with Creer Coat-Cf- 
I had never been the least interested, 
the crest, my whole body tingled and vibrated 

water had suddenly been poured all over me 

"Remember Thy Ancestors, 

I had mv answer 

Ellen Creer Rees 



....Nat Greer who had a bull-fight arena business in El Paso ^ex. 
and his four sons- Tom, the oldest grandchild of Tom and Ellen, he 
has a cowboy store in Glorieto, New Mexico, Mike, who died when a 
young man, and Bill somewhere, and their families, if T knew about 

....Of Riley, brillant, smart, a cowboy for a while, but not of his 
choosing, a student, talented musician, school teacher 14 years, a 
lawyer, District Attorney, ran for Judge, disappeared we knew not 
where, nor if he is alive now, beloved by his loved ones who wish 
he would return, father of 2 sons, Menlo', who died and never saw 
his son, Menlo Dare Greer now of Mesa, Ariz», and Danzy Marl Greer 
of Salt Lake City and their fsmilieSo 

.....Of Pratt also son of Dick, a late service-station man in Hol- 
brook, Arizo and his three sons, Merwyn,(in service) Lavar and son, 
and Elroy K, a student. 

.....Of Harris's John and Leland in St. Johns, Jim who owns a weld- 
ing business in Whittier, Calif . of m om and Trvin deceased, Mat 

Raymond and their families, 

.....Of lacy, a daring expert cowboy, who had a trick of his own, 
in roping and getting an animal down and who met an untimely acc- 
idental death so early in life, father of k sons — Dodd a brilliant 
lawyer who also went early in life, we wonder why, Lloyd of St. 
Johns, Ariz, Harris Vaugh, a jeweler of Los Angeles, Gal., and Paul, 
and Harr a surveyor of Frovo, Utah and their families. 

Of Dodd's sons Dick, also a lawyer, m had , a music teacher in 
St. Johns and Lacy and their families „ 

o o o o o 

o a o o o 

Of Arza dying young and his sons_ 

.....Of Texas Greers, our relatives and of whom we know so little, 
whom I did not get to contact and the Idaho Greer Johnsons, like- 
wise not contacted for lack of time. 

.....Of the Willie an 
Ann, good to write me 
with his four sons 

and Cecil Drew, boys so kind to Aunt Ao and Aunt 
ne and help, Frank P. in Malamath Falls, Creron 

.....Of the Easts, descendants of 'Vilmirth Greer East. Mrs. Allie 
Carlson, Fima, Ariz, a grandaughter , wrote me so interestingly at 
length of her people. 

. Cf beloved, Uncle "H"»s sons, Stancel (Bud, to us) Nello's 

father and Uello who has been bishop for years in St. Johns, now 
in Stake presidency, his son Melvin both of St. Johns. Jim who 
died a young man, Orson Pratt, a gifted school-teacher and their 

.....Of, our cousin, P.P. Sree? banker, of Globe, Ariz. of Dallas 
Tex. who wrote he was anxious to see thia booklet as he love I his 
kin-folks. Allie Carlson, his relative says of him, "He was one of 
the best men that I ever knew." 

»o Of Garth Greer, father , mother "rs. Nellie Davis. 

.....Of the Greers who have eiven their lives in service, ofthose 

in service now, but T do not know them, 

Of Nathan, son of Harris, in T.'esa, and his family. 

... Of Ed East, a scholar, who lived so wisely and well. 

...T should like to have told you all the things that you wanted, 
o . .You may keep personal family records in this book. 


Arizona has a little town, pop. about 100, nestled in "he 
7/hite Mts„, named Greer. T believe it was called Amity, at first 
the name chosen by "Uncle H ", meaning friendship. Three lakes, 
The Colorado River and four trout streams provide fine fishing. 
Deer, antelope, elk are there to ^ound, by hunters. Geo. Crosby 
and wife, Flossie Greer Crosby have a general store there. 

**** =i ***** 

Shall we have another booklet, on Greers, next reunion? Do 

you. want to send in what you have missed this time? I have much in- 
formation on the Greer line of Diannah Greer Camp, wife of Wm- W. 
Camp, daughterof James Greer Jr. of Tenn. which is vital to us and 
likely to be connected with our Nath. H. Greer line. Shall we? 


" May the ^ood Lord take a liking to us 
And have mercy on our souls, 
Y/e Greers are an ornery bunch." E. G. R.